Title: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Publication date: September 5th, 2017
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
“It doesn’t matter if we keep our heads low when passing a gang in a bad neighborhood. No matter what we choose to live, we both die at the end.”
First of all, before going far into my review, let me say one thing: YOU’LL NEED TISSUES. A LOT OF THEM. And probably a few days of recovery after reading this book, because I’m so devastated right now I have no words to describe it.
This was my first Adam Silvera’s novel. I’ve heard a lot of great things about his books, and they’ve been on my TBR forever, but this one intrigued me the most out of all of them, so I was beyond happy when the publisher allowed me to have an ARC of this book, so thank you so much to them for let me read this, loved this, and cry with it.
It was really easy to get into, and somehow I flew through it just because I wanted to see how it ended, so I can say now it’s very fast paced and quite addicting.
“Here we are, two boys sitting in a cemetery as it begins drizzling, trading stories in my hald-dug grave, as if we’re not dying today.”
It had a very diverse cast, which I really apreciated. The two main characters are both latin american and in the LGBTQ+ comunity (one is gay and one bisexual). And both of them were so incredibly easy to love, let me tell you. They were so adorable and cinammon rolls who didn’t deserve to die, but I’m talking especially about Mateo. He was so sweet and pure and good, that I immediatly wanted to protect him and make sure he suffered no harm from anyone. And Rufus was really cute, as well. I adored their frienship, and although the romance is a bit fast, I understand why it was that way (they book narrated the events of ONE DAY, guys, it’s understandable).
The bond they form throughout the story was really beautiful too. They were such real characters, and getting to know how they are both reacting to something as extreme as death was very interesting and quite easy to connect with. Their interactions were, again, so well done. I just loved those characters so much, guys, so let me have a moment here.
The story was told from multiple POVs, which actually really surprised me because I only expected two point of views. But I have to say I did enjoy reading from the perspective of all those people, some friends and some strangers, because you got the whole picture of how they all reacted and felt about a same event, especially since in similar cases you only get to know the feelings of one of those parts (the main character or the sidekick). So that was really clever and maybe that was one of the things that made you grew closer to both protagonists. Or just how adorable they were. That could be, too.
“It doesn’t matter if the truth won’t make a mess, sometimes the words don’t come out until you’re alone. Even that’s not guaranteed. Sometimes the truth is a secret you’re keeping from yourself because living a lie is easier.”
The ending was like a punch in my gut. And before you say “but you knew what was going to happen” let me tell you: YES, I KNEW WHAT I WAS SIGNING UP TO, but as I said before, somehow my naive brain expected a twist in the story, so they would ended up alive. You can laugh, but I loved the characters so much I didn’t want them to die. So it was still a bit shocking to knew the way the died.
There were some parts that were a bit slow, and others were a bit slow in action, but it wasn’t boring, maybe because I was anticipating what was going to happen and how would they die, but the slow pacing didn’t bother me at all.
Overall I think it was a very unique story, that made me cry like a baby and emotionally wrecked me, and had very loveable characters.
I recieved an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
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